Let’s face it: each time we go to the cinema, it’s quite difficult to walk past a popcorn stand, even if it’s been years since you told yourself that you would no longer indulge in this popular snack that goes hand-in-hand with watching movies.
But did you know that consumption of popcorn is responsible for a number of diseases, including a rare and fatal disease called popcorn lung illness, also known as bronchiolitis obliterans. This type of illness is caused by consumption and inhalation of certain types of artificial butter flavorings used in microwave popcorn.
“Thus, you do not necessarily need to consume popcorn to be at risk of this illness,” warns our Pittsburgh popcorn lung illness attorney from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman. “Popcorn plant workers and popcorn sellers at movie theaters are even more likely to be diagnosed with this illness.”
Fact: The first known case of bronchiolitis obliterans was found in a consumer who ate large quantities of microwave popcorn.
Luckily, you may be able to pursue a product liability case against the popcorn manufacturer. And our lawyers are going to explain how you can do that in a bit.
Let us clarify that not all popcorn production workers are exposed to hazardous flavorings in popcorn. Depending on man-made flavorings commonly used in microwave popcorn and the manufacturing process of the popular snack, plant workers may be exposed to the risk of developing popcorn lung illness (bronchiolitis obliterans).
Multiple studies have shown a link between a variety of chemical vapors, dusts, and sprays at microwave popcorn production and packaging plants and the risk of developing bronchiolitis obliterans. “Now, the problem is that consumers who eat popcorn regularly may also be at risk, though more research is needed to prove this theory,” warns our experienced popcorn lung illness attorney in Pittsburgh.
When we talk about “hazardous flavorings in popcorn,” we most certainly refer to a chemical called diacetyl. Although other flavorings and ingredients found in popcorn are also dangerous, diacetyl, which is found in butter flavoring mixtures, is considered to be the king of all hazardous chemicals in popcorn.
How diacetyl causes popcorn lung illness
After numerous studies proved the presence of this hazardous chemical in popcorn, multiple microwave popcorn manufacturers announced that they would never be using it in their products again (though some of them still use diacetyl to a lesser or bigger degree to this very day).
Studies indicate that diacetyl causes bronchiolitis obliterans, which is a fancy term for popcorn lung illness characterized by fixed airway obstruction. Regardless of whether you are a moviegoer, popcorn consumer, or plant worker who has been diagnosed with “popcorn lung illness,” you need to know your rights. After all, you may be eligible to recover compensation by suing liable parties who failed to comply with regulations imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, you may want to see a doctor as soon as possible as these symptoms are associated with bronchiolitis obliterans as well as other lung problems such as emphysema, asthma, and bronchitis:
Speak to a Pittsburgh lung injury lawyer at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to learn about your legal options and recover compensation for having to live with this fatal disease for the rest of your life. Call our offices at 888-98-TWINS(89467) to get a free consultation.